Abingdon Artists
Abingdon Artists
Supporting creativity in the community



Painting Workshop focussing on Gouache later this year. (details to be confirmed).


Do you know that there is exhibition space in the community café at 35 Ock Street? The fitting kit is provided and help will be given to put up pictures. If artists wish to share a display period or a display that’s fine. Periods can be arranged and dates will need to be agreed to fit in with people’s schedules.

Vouchers are provided to the Artist or group to distribute to friends that entitle the visitor to a complimentary tea, coffee, juice or can of pop. You are most welcome to go and see the exhibition space.

This could be a really nice opportunity to take your work to a wider audience. If you are interested please contact Rodney Pollock, rodney.pollock@zen.co.uk or leave him a message at 35 Ock Street.


A regular painting group is held on most Tuesdays of the year (except August)  from 2.00pm – 4.00 pm, in Christchurch Hall, Northcourt Road, Abingdon. 

Advice is always available. It is open both to members and non-members. although obviously if you become a regular, we would prefer you to join us as a member. 

You can bring your own project to work on and can draw or paint anything you like. Occasionally a Still Life is  set up for artists who would like one.

It costs £3 per afternoon, to cover the hire of the hall, payable in cash on the day you attend. Another 30p will provide you with a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

You need to bring all your own materials  - and an easel if you prefer that to the tables provided.

The group has grown in popularity and around 20 people attend on a regular basis.  It is a very sociable way to paint with other artists, and it is much enjoyed by those who do attend.  Do come!


Members of Abingdon Artists who like to sketch meet in the Abingdon Market Place outside M&Co at 10.00 am every other Friday for a two hour session. Sketching is done somewhere in the town, the location being decided on the day. Non-members are welcome. There is no cost for attending.

If the weather is inclement, then an interesting refuge is sought (and always found!) close to the Market Place.

This has become very popular with those that have never gone “en plein air” with their artistic endeavours before!

It is useful to check with other members which Friday is the QOD morning.  Alternatively the dates are shown under the News tab of this website.


Two Abingdon Artist members, Claire Cross and Lisa Turner, are offering various short courses at St Ethelwold’s, 30 East St Helen’s Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB.  For more information give Claire a call on 01235-527180,  email info@AbingdonArtSchool.com or access their website www.AbingdonArtSchool.com

There is an untutored, monthly Life Drawing class in Appleford Village Hall on a Sunday morning. See the Flyer for more details and the associated Facebook page for dates. 


The Oxford Art Society has its Open Exhibition 2018 from 29 September to 14 October in the Cloister Gallery at Saint John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EH.

Sue Hill’s work will be exhibited at Annie's at the Boathouse in September and October.

From 29th September to 11th October, Manja Scott and Beatrice Hoffman will show their exhibition 'Movement and Stasis' at the Sewell Centre Gallery at Radley College.

At the Ashmolean from 31 August - 6 January 2019, Spellbound: Magic Ritual and Witchcraft.  Includes Spellbinding stories, fascinating objects... from crystal balls and magic mirrors to witch bottles and curse poppets. 

At the Christchurch Picture Gallery  from 26 May until 29 October 2018, 'Five paintings and a taste for art at the court of Charles 1'. And from 29 June to 29th October 'Portrait of a building: 50 years of the Christchurch Picture Gallery'

At Modern Art Oxford  until 28 October 2018 the exhibition 'Future Knowledge'  explores the role of visual culture in continuing to raise awareness of the effects of climate change.

From 6 - 27th October 2018 Pembroke JCR Art Gallery is showing an exhibition by the winner of the Emery Prize, the Libyan artist Nour Jaouda.

The Arts Society Abingdon There are several lectures of interest to artists in the new programme. Do have a look at the list on their website and see if there is anything of interest to you.

Blenheim Palace is showing an exhibition of work by Yvres Klein. Featuring over 50 artworks, this will be the most comprehensive exhibition of Yves Klein in the UK to date. ... Klein is best known for the development of his own vivid ultramarine pigment, International Klein Blue (IKB), which became a symbolic part of his practice, a key to reaching the ‘infinite’ and ‘sublime’ through pure colour. The exhibition finishes on 7th October 2018.

Ashmolean Podcasts The Ashmolean has now launched a series of podcasts in which Oxford University academics from very different fields discuss objects from the Museum.  In each episode of ‘Thinking with Things:  The Oxford Collection Podcasts’ a prominent academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the collections that relates to their research. 


Look at  Exhibitions on Screen for exhibitions in local cinemas: Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt and Van Gogh are due for release in late 2018/2019. 


Are you interested in Urban Sketching and if so do you know that there is a group that meets fortnightly in Oxford? Check them out on their Facebook Group - Urban Sketching Oxford if you would like to know more. Or contact Abingdon Artist member Dougie Simpson.